Duzza takes world ti­tle

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - SPORT -

DARTS star Glen Dur­rant has cred­ited Teesside steel for be­ing one of his main keys to vic­tory after claim­ing one of the big­gest wins in Mid­dles­brough’s sport­ing his­tory.

Dur­rant de­feated Dutch­man Danny Nop­pert 7-3 to win his first BDO World Pro­fes­sional Cham­pi­onships ti­tle on Sun­day night.

The Ormesby thrower lived up to his BDO No 1 rank and top seed billing in an en­thralling fi­nal in Frim­ley Green, win­ning four sets in a row to claim the £100,000 first prize.

The BDO No 1 be­gan the fi­nal with seven per­fect darts on the way to win­ning the first leg and set, and pulled clear after the pair had traded sets to leave the score locked at 3-3.

The 46-year-old sealed vic­tory on dou­ble 16 for a 48 fin­ish, sink­ing to his knees and shed­ding tears of joy as he cel­e­brated an emo­tional vic­tory at the Lake­side Coun­try Club.

The ti­tle win makes up for two pre­vi­ous near misses for the Teessider at Lake­side, in­clud­ing a sud­den death semi­fi­nal de­feat to Martin Adams and ag­o­nis­ing quar­ter-fi­nal loss to 2016 cham­pion Scott Waites.

“In 2008 we cre­ated the Teesside Rank­ing Events and I learned how to win,” Dur­rant said.

“Six years ago I wasn’t even the best player in our Su­per League team.

“With hard work, de­ter­mi­na­tion and Teesside steel I’m now the BDO Lake­side world cham­pion.”

Dur­rant was ec­static after see­ing out his ca­reer-best vic­tory in front of a small group of friends and family, in­clud­ing wife Su­san.

“If there’s a hap­pier man in Eng­land to­day then he must be a lottery win­ner,” he said.

“Den­nis Cole­man has been right by my side for four years and to do it in front of my wife and daugh­ter and family, I just had the best 10 peo­ple here.

“I just wish my dad was here. He came early on in the week, I just feel as if he al­ways puts pres­sure on me when he is there.

“If you’re watch­ing dad, your son done good.”

Dur­rant said he will now al­low his Lake­side win to sink in be­fore he sits down with his man­ager Mac Elkin over the next few days to dis­cuss a long­mooted move to the PDC.

“I prob­a­bly need a bit of time,” he said. “The one state­ment I have al­ways made is that I would hon­our the tro­phy.

“My dream and the fi­nal chal­lenge is to play in the PDC. That’s the only chal­lenge I thought was left.

“Hold­ing the tro­phy, the PDC seems like a mil­lion miles away. I’ve climbed a moun­tain and I re­ally don’t know what’s next.

“I just need to sit down over the next few days and just maybe eval­u­ate where I go from here.”

Glen Dur­rant

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